Sunday 25 February 2018

Dana told child’s mother her sex abuse accused brother would be 'cured' by priest, court hears

Dana Rosemary Scallon
Dana Rosemary Scallon

Shane Hickey in London

FORMER presidential candidate and Eurovision song contest winner Dana Rosemary Scallon arranged treatment for her brother in the 1970s after he was accused of indecently assaulting a child, a court has heard.

The opening day of the trial of John Brown (60) - who is accused of five charges of indecent assault against two children - heard Ms Scallon told the child’s mother that he had been cured after seeing a priest.

Mr Brown, of Lilly Hill Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, denies the charges which arose from incidents which allegedly happened at various dates in the 1970s.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, barrister Claire Howell told the court that attitudes were different to sexual offences at the time and there was a concern for the honour of the family name. 

The mother of the first of the children who was allegedly assaulted contacted Dana Rosemary Scallon after her daughter confided in her, Ms Howell said. 

Ms Scallon said she would find treatment for her brother, Ms Howell told the jury.  The singer then told the mother that Mr Brown had been cured after he had seen a priest and they agreed not to tell the child’s father.

In Harrow Crown Court today, the woman - who cannot be named for legal reasons - described how he had got into her bed when she was aged between six and seven and assaulted her.

She told the jury that she cried at the time and felt scared when the first incident happened.  He told her not to tell anyone of what had happened as it was “our secret”, she said.

When asked what she did during the assault, the woman said:  “Nothing.  I was little.  I was more in shock.  I didn’t know what to do.”

When under cross examination this afternoon, defence barrister Martyn Bowyer put it to the alleged victim that the conversation between her mother and Ms Scallon did not take place.  "Sorry, but it did," she said.

The case continues.

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